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San Rafael

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Red Whale Coffee Bar | San Rafael

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

Last month I stopped off in San Rafael to caffeinate on my way north. Red Whale has a coffee bar and lounge in front of its roasting facility. I ordered a Cortado. When I saw the barista reach for ...

El Perol San Rafael

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by DBO 4 years ago

Peruvian food in Marin! The restaurant just opened last month at corner of B and Third in a spot which many have tried to make work. I hope this one lasts. Excellent ceviche, lomo saltado, and e...

Best Lil' Porkhouse, new BBQ in San Rafael

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by Malcolm Ruthven 8 years ago

This new barbecue place in San Rafael opened two weeks ago after the usual delays with permits. It's on the Miracle Mile (2042 4th St.), next door to Red Boy Pizza, in the location formerly occupie...

Green Chile Kitchen is now in San Rafael!

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by Malcolm Ruthven 6 years ago

I just read about it; haven't been there yet. Green Chile Kitchen 1335 Fourth St, San Rafael 415-521-5691 http://www.greenchilekitchen.com/gckmarin

Shwe Myanmar: Burmese in San Rafael (Marin County)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 years ago

Shwe Myanmar opened a few weeks ago in Marin. Who's tried it? Shwe Myanmar 810 B St San Rafael, CA (415) 735-7618

Weavers coffee

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by alexander112 9 years ago

Weaver is a demi-god in the coffee roasting world. Like over 30 years roasting. His coffees do have subtle differences and if you french press the different roasts you really get the true "taste"...

La Empanada in San Rafael

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by Malcolm Ruthven 5 years ago

I stopped at La Empanada in San Rafael for lunch today. It's a quite small place in a very small strip mall next to Office Depot on the freeway side. I had a very good beef empanada (I think $6) ma...

Unique Jasmine | Burmese in Northgate Mall Food Court - San Rafael

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

Unique Jasmine opened recently in the food court of Northgate Mall in San Rafael, offering Burmese and Chinese selections from the steam table. However, many of the Burmese dishes are not available...

Wetzel's Pretzels | Northgate - San Rafael

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

Exiting Northgate shopping center a few days ago, I was offered a sample of an Almond Crunch pretzel when I passed by the stand. The nuts were not so crunchy. But the pretzel itself was pleasantly ...

Le Comptoir: Bistrot • Rotisserie • Epicerie in San Rafael

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

Marin 'hounds, have you been to Le Comptoir yet? I just became aware of it today. It's related to Gamine in San Francisco. http://www.chowhound.com/post/gamine-finally-learned-trust-french-san-...

House of Lee in San Rafael closed?

The Librarian
by The Librarian 5 years ago

House of Lee on Fourth St. in San Rafael is one of my favorite restaurants. A couple of weeks ago, a sign on the door said that they were closed for remodeling. But now on Yelp it says they're clos...

Magnolia Park--San Rafael

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by DBO 4 years ago

New place in San Rafael. Just had one of the best sandwiches I've eaten in a long time. Fried chicken with some kind of cole slaw. Better than Bakeshop Betty, which is a high bar.

Los Moles in San Rafael?

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by Malcolm Ruthven 5 years ago

Has anyone been to Los Moles in San Rafael? It's in the location on Lincoln of the long-lived Las Camelias.

Thai Aroi-Dee in San Rafael?

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by Malcolm Ruthven 5 years ago

Thai Aroi-Dee is a new place on 4th St in San Rafael (west end, taking over the Om space). Several rave reports on yelp for authentic Thai. 1518 Fourth St San Rafael 415-295-7464

Anyone Been to Mauna Loa Hawaiian BBQ in San Rafael?

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by TerriL 12 years ago

I've driven past the place few times (it's on 3rd street), and was wondering if it's worth a stop. http://www.maunaloabbq.com/

Falafel Hut, San Rafael

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by Mick Ruthven 14 years ago

I had lunch at the new Falafel Hut in downtown San Rafael on Saturday, and had the beef and lamb Shawarma ($6.95 as I recall). I expected to really like it, and I watched the top half of the kitche...

Mishki Cafe (San Rafael)

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by Malcolm Ruthven 5 years ago

Mishki Cafe is in the same shopping center in north San Rafael as Scottie's Market. It shares space with a taqueria and serves Peruvian sandwiches and coffee (espresso bar). I had the sandwich w...

Chowdown Report - Fenix in San Rafael

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by jackiecat 5 years ago

10 hounds gathered to sample Chef Gator's new lunch buffet on Oct 29. http://www.fenixlive.com/dining/kitchen-menus/ For $12 we enjoyed a wide array of Southern style dishes, so many that I cou...

Mi Casa Cafe in San Rafael

The Librarian
by The Librarian 5 years ago

I was looking at a list of San Rafael restaurants and found Mi Casa Cafe at 85 Woodland Ave. It apparently opened a few months ago, replacing another restaurant in the Bret Harte shopping center. W...